Statewide Forensic Reviews: Exploring the Ways to Make Them Work

Location: Navarro
Date: Fri, April 8
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

These days, it seems you can't open your inbox or read the news without hearing more stories about the ripple effects of forensic error throughout the criminal justice system. Whether it's a case cracked open by DNA testing of discredited hair evidence or a late-disclosed CODIS hit to the "real perpetrator" that leads to the release of an innocent person, these stories reveal the urgent need for systemic reform. This session presents three different models of statewide reviews aimed at addressing forensic error, in North Carolina and Massachusetts, where innocence organizations have partnered with laboratories and/or prosecutors to review hair microscopy cases, and in Georgia where an innocence organization partnered with the state laboratory to review the results of past CODIS hits. Panelists will explore the strategic, litigation and resource considerations in establishing a statewide review, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to such an effort.

201: Intermediate